Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Palm Desert, CA

There are 4 dog friendly hiking trails in Palm Desert, and 7 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Palm Desert.

Pet Friendly Cap Homme and Ralph Adams Park
Cap Homme and Ralph Adams Park Cap Homme and Ralph Adams Park is a dog-friendly park in Palm Desert, CA. The park features multi-use trails, picnic areas, and an off-leash dog area for Fido. See Details
Pet Friendly Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
Palms to Pines Scenic Byway The Palms to Pines Scenic Byway is a dog-friendly scenic route that begins in Palm Desert, CA. Enjoy 67 miles of winding roads that traverse through the desert and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. There are plenty of places to pull off the road to allow your pets to stretch their legs while you appreciate the changing scenery. See Details
Coachella Valley Vista Point As Highway 74 winds out of the Coachella Valley south of Palm Desert, admire the panoramic views from Coachella Valley Vista Point. This popular roadside overlook offers you and Fido 360º views of the vast landscape, nearby desert communities of Indian Wells and La Quinta, and beyond to the San Jacinto and Gorgonio mountains. On clear days visitors can catch a glimpse of Salton Sea, a shallow, landlocked, highly-saline body of water which lies forty miles to the southeast. See Details
The Cross Trail Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany you for a hike along The Cross Trail in Palm Desert, CA. Beginning at Homestead Trailhead and accessible year-round, embark on a 2.3 mile hike over a heavily trafficked out and back trail. Named for the iconic cross standing at the end of the trail, hikers can admire an abundance of wildflowers and the rocky desert landscape which lies beyond. A moderately difficult rating and fairly steep rocky terrain doesn't deter the many hiking enthusiasts and their dogs who frequent this scenic trail. Visitors should bring plenty of water and snacks for their journey. See Details
Whitewater Preserve Whitewater Preserve is a dog-friendly nature area in Whitewater, CA, with plenty of trails to hike at every level. Make sure to wear proper shoes and bring plenty of water for you and Fido. Most trails are gravel. Please note that there is no cell service in this area. See Details
Mission Creek Preserve Mission Creek Preserve is a dog-friendly nature preserve in Desert Hot Springs, CA. The area is home to old buildings along a dusty pathway that you can walk with your leashed pup. On the way, you'll pass historic structures and stunning desert plant communities, all with the backdrop of Southern California’s tallest peak in the background. Don't forget to pick up after your pooch. See Details
Pyramid Peak Trail Pyramid Peak Trail is a moderate, dog-friendly, 8-mile hike in San Bernardino National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. This trail lies along the Desert Divide, a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. The view is incredible with mountains to the north and south, the Salton Sea to the west, and the valley below. This area is rather vacant due to the extremely hot temperatures and constant sun exposure. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Fido must be kept on a leash while on this trail. See Details
Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve is a dog-friendly park and trail in La Quinta, CA. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you on the trails and walking paths, but is not allowed on the picnic tables. Please note that the trails are within the nature preserve, so your dog must be under your control at all times. See Details
Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park, a stunning 710-acre park situated at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in La Quinta, CA. Lake Cahuilla is set in the midst of expansive lawns and picturesque mountain tops making it a spectacular destination. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6-feet at all times. Pups are not allowed in the water due to it being a reservoir. See Details
Palm View Peak Trail Palm View Peak Trail is a difficult, though dog-friendly 8.6-mile hike in San Bernardino National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. If you are looking to hike to a peak with a dramatic view, than this might not be the trail for you. This trail is for those who want to enjoy a trail and don't necessarily need it to lead somewhere epic. It is a little hard to find the path to the top, but with a map and some trail sense you can find the peak and trail register. Fido must be leashed while on this trail. See Details
Sheep Mountain Trail Sheep Mountain Trail is an extremely difficult, 12.5-mile hike in San Bernardino National Forest that will take about 8.5 hours to complete with Fido. This trail will have you feeling far more exhausted at the end than you would expect. The trail has constant ups and downs, sun exposure, rocky ground, and is literally uphill both ways. Those attempting this beautiful trail, including your dog, should be used to hiking at least a few times a week. See Details